EVANSVILLE, IN (WFIE) - The signs are up on the new Medical School in Downtown Evansville.
Thursday, a ribbon cutting and dedication ceremony were held for the new facility.
The dedication ceremony was held at 10 a.m. at the Old National Events Plaza ballroom. We were there to stream the ceremony live.
What started as an idea in 2011 led to an announcement in 2013. Then turning dirt two years later. All culminating to the Stone Family Center For Health Sciences where future tri-state doctors are learning next to current physicians.
"Medical simulation provides our physician trainees and allied health care professionals with a way to safely hone their existing skills, develop new competencies, and train on emerging technologies in a supporting yet challenging environment. Through the use of human patient simulators, virtual realities, and task trainers," says Dean Steven Becker.
Becker says students will be skilled with both healthy patients as well as the critically ill.
"Our students back there, they'll get to see one. They'll get to practice. They'll get to practice. They'll get to practice some more, and then they'll finally get to do one. I think can all understand this will be better for not only our students but for patients," says Becker.
Partnerships with hospitals in Evansville, Jasper, and Vincennes create 70-80 residency spots with more on the way. Adding residency programs in family medicine and psychiatry next summer and later internal medicine.
The school is also expanding community health with an IU dental clinic. Then there is research focusing on early onset Alzheimer's and autism.
"Local research allow patients in our area to stay local for treatment instead of having to travel to Indianapolis," says Becker.
What was once a vision is now reality. For those turning the wheels, today is just a start to the lasting impact they expect.
"We can be the best in the world. We just need to do it. Thank you," says benefactor William Stone.
We'll have more about it tonight on 14 News.